23 March 2012
Malaysian GP - Friday press conference - Pt.1
I don't think so, to be honest with you. In one week I think it is important at least as we already said we have identified issues on the car and we are working at home to solve it. At the moment we need to maximise what we're doing on the track and that's it.
So we don't expect anything different?
I don't know. In the race everything can happen, so we need to be focussed then. And of course with no magic stick you can't do anything.
Christian, it's a measure of the team's success last year that we expect you to be at the front all the time. Not today necessarily, and well, you were very close in Melbourne. What about today? Tell us about the results today.
Well firstly Melbourne was an exciting race and congratulations to McLaren who put on a great show there. We did our best to try to get amongst it but Jenson drove an excellent race. The McLarens again looked very strong today, I think Mercedes were also looking quick, and it's a tighter field this year. I think the midfield has bunched up as well. We've worked through a programme today. Obviously with the limitation in testing there is, both drivers have worked through different programmes, had a look at the two tyre compounds and tried to do our preparation for the race on Sunday. All the forecasts say it's going to be dry for the rest of the weekend. Occasionally you look up and you think there's a big thundershower coming.
Now, a question for you all but starting with Stefano. Obviously the story of the last few days has been the possible flotation of F1 and I guess you've had a look at a draft, I guess you've all seen a draft and you know something about it. What are your views on it, looking at F1 as a whole but also your own particular teams? How is it going to benefit your own particular teams and F1? How is it going to affect your own particular teams?
First of all I mean nothing to comment on what are the speculations coming out because you never know what is the reality at the end. What I can see is that there are ongoing discussions that are, as I said, ongoing, going ahead. At the moment the situation seems to be reasonable but nothing more than what I'm seeing now.
What are we speculating on? You didn't say…
The floatation of F1.
Oh, floatation. I though you said flirtation… at the end of the day it's not down to us, it's down to the shareholders, it's down to CVC and Bernie. It's their business at the end of the day, not the teams.
Will you benefit, you as a team, would it benefit F1?
Possibly, possibly. We're not involved in the detail. I heard that there is potential discussion and it's an interesting concept.
I don't think it will benefit us as a team. I don't think, but again I have no detail of proposals anyway. But generally floatations and change of ownership aren't done for the benefit of a sport. I think what us as race teams need to concentrate on is putting a show on here and clearly the owners can decide what they do with the asset.
Gerard, your thoughts on that?
As I said, there are no details out there and floatation can mean many things. If you take to the market a minority share it doesn't change anything in ownership, it gives more liquidity to the owners, maybe more money to the sport, so as long as there are no details on what might by IPO'd or not, I don't think there is much to be discussed because it can mean many, many things to many people. It really depends on what you're going to take to the market.
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